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Written by Han
(2/2/2013 7:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes! and also:, penned by Diana I-C
Where is this actually found in the text of the novel? Is there a WWED moment in the early chapters? It seems to me rather that it is Edmund who is consistently going to Fanny for advice, or at the very least, for confirmation of his own opinions. As early as Chapter 7 (after meeting the Crawfords) does this happen, and it continues through the story (notably at the time of the ball and after the meeting following the adultery). That Fanny is modest in the beginning of the story does not change either. The fact that she refuses Mr. Crawford in Chapter 31 and is not persuaded otherwise by her uncle in Chapter 32 does not change the fact that "[h]er awe of her uncle, and the dread of taking a liberty with him, made it instantly plain to her what she had to do. She must absolutely decline the proposal. If he wanted, he would send for her; and even to offer an early return, was a presumption which hardly anything would have seemed to justify." in Chapter 45.
Fanny is neither in doubt of her own opinions in the early part of the novel than in the latter part, nor is she any more inclined to put herself forward in the latter part of the novel than she was at first. In Chapter 22, Austen writes "Fanny's consequence increased on the departure of her cousins. Becoming, as she then did, the only young woman in the drawing-room, the only occupier of that interesting division of a family in which she had hitherto held so humble a third, it was impossible for her not to be more looked at, more thought of and attended to, than she had ever been before...." I suggest that this is why it appears to you that Fanny is gaining confidence even though her internal monologue has not actually changed.
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